By 10:15 a.m., at least 40 people were perusing a dozen tables brimming with yard sale articles.“People came earlier than 10 a.m.,” said volunteer Thomas Lownds, who brought gardening …
By 10:15 a.m., at least 40 people were perusing a dozen tables brimming with yard sale articles.
“People came earlier than 10 a.m.,” said volunteer Thomas Lownds, who brought gardening supplies, gardening books, a vacuum and a fairy statue for his stand.
Barbara LaGois bought the fairy; she’s a volunteer also.
CEED held its yard sale fundraiser at its Brookhaven nature center off South Country Road on Saturday, a windy but sunny day. LaGois, who lives in Ridge, arrived at the Center for Environmental Education and Development at 7:30 a.m., along with the others who pitched in. “I believe in their mission and want to see them succeed,” LaGois said.
Lorraine Kuhn, in charge of the oddities table, was reviewing MOMA jewelry. “We also had very old lamps, Aerolux lamps,” she said, showing one. “They still sell the lightbulbs.”
Aerolux manufactured figural neon glow lights from the 1930s. If you poked around and paid attention here, it was like an episode of “Antiques Roadshow.”
You would also mingle with one of their chickens, who was having a ball, calmly strutting between the buyers, then fluffing her feathers in the dirt.
Kuhn pointed out that the beautiful table off to the side had been donated by Giovanni Naso; it was a Ming mid-century with hand-painted Asian scenes.
Lisa Scott’s table had dolls, CDs and games like Family Feud Disney edition. Audrey Collins, from Oakdale, was there with a friend; they hosted an array of woven baskets.
A table with travel luggage and backpacks was manned by Trish Odusami, from Medford. Odusami, an IT manager for a biotech company, is a new CEED board member.
“I was born and raised in England and was big into environmental issues there,” Odusami said. “I was looking for a volunteer role and met [CEED executive director] Sally Wellinger again; our sons had been in the same Boy Scout camp one year. As soon as I heard what CEED was about, I said ‘yes.’”
Sue Daconto purchased a “Mickey Mouse Club” house for her great-nephew. Daconto is on CEED’s development committee. “I’m going to work with them to get donors,” she said.
“We were happy to get her,” added board member Cheryl Felice.
Board secretary Patrice Dlhopolsky was the group’s money honey for the day. A half-hour after the yard sale’s official start time, “we’ve already sold at least $300 worth of merchandise,” she said.
According to Wellinger, at day’s end, “we made $1,500!”
Sidebar: CEED has renovation projects that need funding. Volunteers are also welcome. To donate or volunteer, visit www.ceedli.org, or call 631-803-6780.